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Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Burnley: Hosts frustrated by resolute visitors

By Callum MatthewsBBC Sport
Wolves' Adama Traore hits the bar
Adama Traore is yet to score for Wolves this season

Wolves were frustrated in their bid to keep pace with the top four as they were held to a goalless draw by Burnley at Molineux.

Winger Adama Traore, making his first start since 23 October, came closest when he hit the visitors on the break in the first-half and struck the underside of the bar from the edge of the area.

The Spaniard, who has yet to score in 14 appearances this season, had an effort touched around the post in the second half by Nick Pope, but that was Wolves' only effort on target in a drab period.

South Korean loanee Hwang Hee-chan also had an effort deflected wide from outside the area.

Third-bottom Burnley, who have now drawn five of their last seven games, were resolute in defence but offered little going forward.

It took until the 79th minute for them to have a shot on target when Dwight McNeil's effort was saved at the near post.

Goals a worry for Wolves

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After just one win in their opening five league games, a recent upturn in form - which had seen Wolves earn 11 points from 18 available - had moved them to within touching distance of the Champions League places.

Goals, however, are a worry.

They have only scored 12 in 14 league games - the joint-second lowest in the league - and only six in seven home league games now.

Bruno Lage's side were dominant throughout, having almost two-thirds of possession, but the Portuguese manager will be frustrated with their lack of quality in the final third.

Pope was barely tested in the Burnley goal, only having two saves to make, and despite attempting a season-high 28 crosses, Wolves were unable to find a breakthrough.

Burnley, as we've come to expect after their five-year spell in the Premier League, were solid at the back.

They regularly put bodies on the line and tackles from Ben Mee and Charlie Taylor were key to stopping Traore and Raul Jimenez in the first half.

Sean Dyche's side were lacking in forward areas too, with Maxwel Cornet, who has scored five goals since his summer move from Lyon, largely ineffective.

They were restricted to efforts from distance with Jay Rodriguez firing over late when afforded space.

Burnley 'not as good as we have been' - Dyche

Player of the match

JiménezRaúl Jiménez

with an average of 6.88

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  1. Squad number9Player nameJiménez
    Average rating

    6.88

  2. Squad number37Player nameTraoré
    Average rating

    6.80

  3. Squad number16Player nameCoady
    Average rating

    6.62

  4. Squad number26Player nameHwang Hee-Chan
    Average rating

    6.57

  5. Squad number23Player nameKilman
    Average rating

    6.50

  6. Squad number1Player nameJosé Sá
    Average rating

    6.48

  7. Squad number22Player nameNélson Semedo
    Average rating

    6.22

  8. Squad number28Player nameJoão Moutinho
    Average rating

    6.17

  9. Squad number3Player nameAït-Nouri
    Average rating

    6.13

  10. Squad number27Player nameSaïss
    Average rating

    6.09

  11. Squad number32Player nameDendoncker
    Average rating

    5.94

  12. Squad number11Player nameTrincão
    Average rating

    5.37

Burnley

  1. Squad number3Player nameTaylor
    Average rating

    6.71

  2. Squad number1Player namePope
    Average rating

    6.66

  3. Squad number22Player nameCollins
    Average rating

    6.51

  4. Squad number20Player nameCornet
    Average rating

    6.50

  5. Squad number6Player nameMee
    Average rating

    6.37

  6. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil
    Average rating

    6.12

  7. Squad number2Player nameLowton
    Average rating

    6.10

  8. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill
    Average rating

    6.09

  9. Squad number7Player nameGudmundsson
    Average rating

    6.03

  10. Squad number4Player nameCork
    Average rating

    5.99

  11. Squad number9Player nameWood
    Average rating

    5.88

  12. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez
    Average rating

    5.69

  13. Squad number27Player nameVydra
    Average rating

    5.59

  14. Squad number17Player nameLennon
    Average rating

    5.20

Line-ups

Wolves

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Malheiro de Sá
  • 23KilmanBooked at 86mins
  • 16Coady
  • 27Saïss
  • 22Nélson Semedo
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 3Aït-Nouri
  • 37Traoré
  • 9Jiménez
  • 26Hwang Hee-ChanBooked at 17minsSubstituted forMachado Trincãoat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hoever
  • 11Machado Trincão
  • 13Moulden
  • 17Fábio Silva
  • 21Ruddy
  • 39Cundle
  • 64Bueno
  • 77Campbell

Burnley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pope
  • 2LowtonBooked at 18mins
  • 22Collins
  • 6MeeBooked at 7mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 7GudmundssonSubstituted forVydraat 72'minutes
  • 4Cork
  • 8Brownhill
  • 11McNeil
  • 9WoodSubstituted forRodriguezat 59'minutesBooked at 64mins
  • 20CornetSubstituted forLennonat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Hennessey
  • 14Roberts
  • 17Lennon
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 23Pieters
  • 25Norris
  • 27Vydra
  • 28Long
  • 37Thomas
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
30,328

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Burnley 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Burnley 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Trincão (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Brownhill.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Trincão.

  6. Booking

    Maximilian Kilman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Maximilian Kilman (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  8. Post update

    Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Aaron Lennon replaces Maxwel Cornet.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Trincão replaces Hwang Hee-Chan.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Nick Pope.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  13. Post update

    Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Matej Vydra (Burnley).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by José Sá.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jay Rodriguez.

  17. Post update

    Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jay Rodriguez (Burnley).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Matej Vydra replaces Jóhann Gudmundsson.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Nathan Collins.

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